Peyton Manning’s appearance in a Denver Broncos jersey on Thursday may have been more of an anti-climax than spectacular, but the quarter-back did just enough to prove he can live up to his name this season and help his side defy NFL betting odds.
The 36-year-old starred in Denver’s pre-season game with the Chicago Bears, and his arm looked good for the single series he played before being replaced by Caleb Hanie. With the new season fast approaching, Broncos fans can be optimistic the veteran quarterback still has what it takes at the top level.
Manning needs no introduction after becoming one of the most iconic football stars of his generation. The four-time MVP finally moved on from his Indianapolis Colts home this spring after 14 glorious years.
The one sad factor for the Louisiana-born star was his final season at the Colts, which ended prematurely after vertebrate problems forced Manning to miss the entirety of last season. Yet with a Superbowl ring and 11 Pro Bowl appearances, Manning’s departure was still heavily felt in Indianapolis.
It is time to move on, and Manning appears to have done so with success at Denver. Although his appearance on Chicago’s Soldier Field was only brief, he completed four of seven passes to progress 44 yards, and in 11 plays advanced the Broncos 50 yards.
He did have a bit of luck with Geno Hayes’ failed interception at the end of the first quarter, but that scare should not deter Manning from coming into the new season with confidence. The most high-profile free agent this off-season, Manning signed a five-year deal with the Broncos way back in March.
It seems to have taken an age for the superstar to finally make his debut. Now Broncos fans and the betting NFL community can look forward to another Playoff appearance this season and hopefully a Superbowl or two to come.